Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State in Southwest Nigeria has hailed the judgment of the Court of Appeal which upheld his victory at the poll, even as the opposition party decided to approach the Supreme Court.
The Osun State Election Petition Tribunal had earlier nullified Oyetola’s victory and declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the contest.
Oyetola described the judgment as a long-awaited expectation of the people of the state.
While celebrating the judgment which set aside the verdict of the election tribunal on Thursday, the governor said the facts have been revealed by the Appellate court saying he would not be perturbed should Senator Adeleke decide to approach the Supreme Court.
“This is the judgment that the people of Osun have been waiting for. I am happy and the judgment is wonderful.
“This is what people want to hear.
“They came out today without being prompted to rejoice and celebrate this judgment,” he said.
In the same vein, the APC director of publicity, Mr Kunle Oyatomi said judgement has put the records straight much beyond the controversy over last November’s governorship election.
“As far as we are concerned, we have no doubt about the fact that we are the majority party in the state of Osun and the facts on the ground tell the story eloquently;
“Few months after the erstwhile disputed governorship election, the National Assembly votes took place.
“APC won two of the three Senate seats; Six of the Nine Reps seats; and 23 of the 26 House of Assembly seats!!
“How then could we have lost the governorship election? We may not be able to explain what was behind Adeleke’s performance that he came so close in November.
“Although we won, Adeleke’s score sheet was inexplicably abnormal.
“In contrast to the election four months after, the opposition’s so-called victory would have been a farce,” Oyatomi said.
Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Party has expressed surprise at the judgment of the Court of Appeal and threatened to approach the Supreme Court.
The state chairman of the PDP, Mr Soji Adagunodo who expressed shock at the verdict said in Osogbo that the party had expected victory at the Appeal Court.
According to him, “the judgement is based on technicalities which we will address at the Supreme court.
“Considering all evidence before the lower court and legal points adduced by our legal team at the Appeal Court, we expect victory at the Appeal Court.
“We have hope in the judiciary, that does not mean that once in a while there won’t be some hiccups in the judicial process, it is understandable and expected that all judges are not the same and they don’t think the same and we believe that at the end of the day the Supreme Court will do justice to our case and victory will be ours”.
Adagunodo enjoined PDP supporters to remain peaceful, calm resolute, saying the party has high hope that in the next two months, Sen. Adeleke would be declared as the governor of Osun State and be sworn-in accordingly.
From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo